SACO unveils major expansion programme

SACO, the serviced apartment company, has announced a major expansion of its operated portfolio with the addition of six new properties across the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands by 2020.

SACO unveils major expansion programme
The new properties will include four across the UK – in Manchester and three in London – and SACO’s first operated and managed properties outside the UK in Amsterdam and Dublin.SACO believes that apartments offer the modern traveller with greater value, autonomy, comfort and space typically unavailable at traditional hotels.

Consumer demand

Stephen Hanton, CEO Commercial of SACO, said, “Our expansion reflects the marked and ongoing shift in consumer demand from traditional hotels to stays at serviced accommodation properties that allow greater flexibility, and more opportunities for social engagement with fellow guests and the surrounding community.”The new properties in Manchester, Dublin and one in London will be operated under SACO’s new lifestyle aparthotel brand, Locke. The property in Amsterdam will be a SACO Aparthotel, and the two additional properties in London – in Fitzrovia and Moorgate – will be SACO Serviced Apartments.Mr Hanton continued, “Today’s announcement marks a key milestone in the growth we first started planning two years ago to meet the ever-increasing demand for serviced accommodation. This exciting phase in our development will see our inventory double, and SACO take its first step into continental Europe with the opening of our Amsterdam property later this year.”

A 'breadth of choice'

SACO has chosen these new locations as they are all in major UK and European hub cities which attract an ideal mix of transient business traveller stays, extended stays and demand from leisure travellers, all boosted by growing demand from a number of key sectors including tech, media and creative.Hanton adds: “With our mix of different serviced accommodation brands from SACO Aparthotels and SACO Serviced Apartments to our new Locke lifestyle aparthotels, we offer the breadth of choice to meet the needs of the travellers of today and tomorrow in all of our locations.”
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The six new properties, plus a seventh that will be announced shortly, will incorporate 905 units between them, almost doubling SACO’s footprint of managed units from 980 to 1885 units.

The timeline

  • SACO Serviced Apartments in London’s cosmopolitan Fitzrovia district will open in April 2017 and have 34 units
  • A SACO Aparthotel on a sought after canal-side location in central Amsterdam will open in the fourth quarter of 2017 and consist of 114 units
  • A Locke Aparthotel in Manchester is due to open in the first half of 2018 and will consist of 150 units
  • SACO Serviced Apartments in Moorgate in the heart of the City of London will open in 2018 and have 27 units
  • The annex to the already popular Leman Locke property will be located on Buckle Street in London’s Aldgate district and is due to open in mid-2019 and consist of 104 units
  • A Locke Aparthotel in central Dublin will be situated on the banks of the iconic River Liffey and is due to open in late 2019 and will feature 146 units
This accelerated expansion programme follows significant growth at SACO in 2016 with the opening of two new properties in London – the SACO Aparthotel The Cannon and its first lifestyle aparthotel, Leman Locke.The next Locke aparthotel, Eden Locke on George Street in the heart of Edinburgh, will open in June 2017 and goes on sale today.For related news and features, visit our Serviced Apartments section.Access hundreds of global services and suppliers in our Online Directory  Get access to our free Global Mobility Toolkit

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